Barmaids Brain And Other Strange Tales From Science

Paperback | August 31, 1999

byJay Ingram

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In The Barmaid's Brain, Jay Ingram explores some of the little known quirks of human behaviour, including why we laugh and how we see mirages; he reports on science's various attempts to reexamine history, including startling theories about the Salem witches, a psychiatric profile of Joan of Arc and the raging debate about the first-ever map of the New World; he brings our attention to remarkable battles, from the parasitic nastiness of cowbirds, to the tiny but deadly guerrilla attacks of ant lions; and he introduces us to the sometimes odd concerns of the scientist, for instance whether it is possible that early humans spent their lives in water instead of on land, and just how does slinging drinks affect the memory and the perception of the barmaid's brain?

Weird, witty and always edifying, The Barmaid's Brain serves up a splendid cocktail of fact, theory and anecdote in twenty-one of Jay Ingram's favourite tales from the world of science.

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From why we laugh to how we see mirages, this book presents readers with 21 weird and witty tales from the world of science. Using facts, theory and anecdotes, Jay Ingram reports on how slinging drinks affects the memory and perception of a barmaid’s brain, startling theories about the Salem witches and Joan of Arc’s psychiatric condit...

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In The Barmaid's Brain, Jay Ingram explores some of the little known quirks of human behaviour, including why we laugh and how we see mirages; he reports on science's various attempts to reexamine history, including startling theories about the Salem witches, a psychiatric profile of Joan of Arc and the raging debate about the first-ev...

J ay Ingram has been the host of Discovery Channel Canada’s Daily Planet since it began in 1995. At the time, it was the only hour-long, prime-time daily science show in the world. Prior to joining Discovery, Jay hosted CBC Radio’s national science show, Quirks and Quarks, from 1979 to 1992. During that time he won two ACTRA awards, on...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.75 inPublished:August 31, 1999Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140260676

ISBN - 13:9780140260670

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From why we laugh to how we see mirages, this book presents readers with 21 weird and witty tales from the world of science. Using facts, theory and anecdotes, Jay Ingram reports on how slinging drinks affects the memory and perception of a barmaid’s brain, startling theories about the Salem witches and Joan of Arc’s psychiatric condition. As well, The Barmaid’s Brain features information on the parasitic nastiness of cowbirds and the tiny but deadly guerrilla attacks of antlions.